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Republicans fight over fight against vaccine shutdown

“I just don’t quite understand the strategy or the leverage for a tenure that has been suspended by 10 courts,” said Sen. Kevin Cramer (RN.D.). “I want the vaccination mandates to be lifted, but I don’t think the [spending bill] is the tool to do it. For all intents and purposes, the mandates are getting weaker every day.

Conservative Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) Has said that while she wants to fund vaccination mandates, she will trust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to strategize: ” My gut tells me, let leadership do the best they can and trust them.

“I think you’ll be fine,” McConnell said as he entered the lunch.

But it’s not all up to McConnell, who often faces challenges from his 50-member caucus on debt and spending issues. Due to the fast approaching deadline and procedural hoops in the Senate, any senator now has the power to oppose a spending bill and push it past the stop line on Friday night. .

Lee and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) And Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Are among the senators who support this strategy. Marshall preemptively blamed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for not accommodating his efforts and said “it makes more sense to just include it” in the spending bill.

“I support what Senator Lee and Marshall are doing,” Johnson said.

All 50 GOP senators currently support withdrawing Biden’s terms of office, but there is a lot of skepticism about doing so as a condition of government funding. The strategy is reminiscent of the party’s ineffective approach to funding Obamacare in 2013, which resulted in a lengthy shutdown and did not bring down the law.

There is clearly a lot of outrage in the Republican Party over the issue. But many senators who support various efforts to overturn vaccine warrants say risking a shutdown is a bridge too far: “It only takes one.” I won’t be that one, ”said Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.).

“We don’t need to shut down the government. And we’re not going to have to. These are just words, ”Tuberville said in an interview. “Federal judges have now overturned the warrants. This is what we want to do. We want to do it the right way.

Still, some in the GOP are starting to prepare for a long fight. The House has still not passed a fundraising bill, which means that the passage will be on the wire. And that could result in a brief hiatus over the weekend from a handful of Republicans trying to make a point about vaccines.

“We are going to go through this drama. We are going to fund the government, we could have a structural shutdown over the weekend and then we will solve the problem. It’s great for a news cycle, but it ends up fixing itself, ”said Senator Thom Tillis (RN.C.).

Marianne LeVine contributed to this report.

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